The art and impact of the paperback is celebrated in this engrossing overview, beginning with the very first paperbacks of the late 1930s, and the golden age of the 1940s-60s. Here is every genre, from early science fiction originals to teenage gang novels, classics, war, crime, urban drama, westerns, historical adventure, swashbucklers. From Perry Mason to Catcher in the Rye, from the erotic Justine to Robert Heinlein's The Day After Tomorrow.
Featuring covers and introductions to each genre, this focuses on the history, design and the influence of the paperback book on Western literary tastes. Visually dynamic and loaded with arresting facts, this is a revealing look at this once-maligned format. Cover by Norman Saunders. Includes short artist biographies, from Avati, Belarski, Gregg and Gross, to Maguire, Jonas and Stanley.